expandargs(1)               General Commands Manual              expandargs(1)

       expandargs - Expand wildcards in arguments and run a program

       expandargs  <command or options>  arguments...

       Expandargs is a Python script that can be used to expand filename wild-
       card arguments on Windows when they are too complex for the filename
       expansion that is built in to programs (if any).  It can also be used
       to produce a file with the expanded arguments in a simple list or in a
       form suitable for use with the -filein option to Newstack.  The lat-
       ter may be useful on non-Windows systems, but there the argument list
       would need to be quoted to have it expanded by this script instead of
       by the shell.  The script is run in one of three ways:
          expandargs command arguments...
          expandargs -o outputFile arguments...
          expandargs -o outputFile -s sectionList arguments...
       In the first form, the arguments will be expanded and the command will
       be run with those arguments.  In the second form, the filenames will be
       placed into the given output file, one per line.  In the third, the
       output file will have the following format, which can be supplied to
       the -filein option to Newstack:
          # of files
       The same section list will be put in the file for each line.  If the arguments
       specify a set of single-image files, simply use "-s 0".  The "-s"
       argument can also be put before the "-o" entry.

       The filenames can contain constructs like:
          *        matching any set of characters
          ?        matching any one character
          [acg]    matching any one of a, c, or g
          [a-g]    matching any letter from a to g
          [^acg]   matching any one character except a, c, or g
          [^a-g]   matching any one character except one frmo a to g
       These wild cards can occur multiple times, in different directories of
       a path.  For example "[^t]*/*[0-9][0-9][0-9].mrc" will match all files
       ending in three digits and ".mrc" in any directory except ones starting
       with "t".

       Many IMOD programs will do wild card expansion for filenames entered as
       non-option arguments (ones without an option, typically entered at the
       end of the command).  However, this works only with "*" and "?", and
       multiple expansions in different directory components of the path (such
       as occur in that last example) will work only for Python scripts.

       David Mastronarde,  mast at colorado dot edu

IMOD                                4.10.25                      expandargs(1)